That's a tough one. I really like Filppula, but Yandle would be so excellent for us. He would certainly go a long to way in filling Lidstrom's role. In the end, I would take the deal, but for some reason, I think we'd have to throw in an average prospect or draft pick with the deal.
Yep I would LOVE to get Yandle he is arguable the top offensive defenceman in the game but the price would be outrageous. I think it would take Filppula+Nyquist to get them to consider it and our offer could be beaten by many different teams.
Look at what Jordan Staal just netted, and he is not signed. Yandle is more valuable than Staal in my opinion. He is a true #1 defenseman. He would be perfect to nab.
Pitt did have their hands tied though, Staal was going to sign next year for the Canes anyways so Pitt was able to make Carolina feel uncomfortable and get him early anyways. If Staal was not headed directly toward Carolina in one years time he would have gone for much more, probably more than Yandle.
Yandle is a bonafide forward NOW. Smith has promise, but we don't know if he will be able to play at Yandle's level in his career.
Yeah, I think our greatest hopes are that Smith turns into Yandle. When you consider that, and the fact that Yandle is only 25 and on a long contract, you pull the trigger with Smith in the deal all day long.